Il MEAM (in Catalan Museu Europeu d'Art Modern) is located in the La Ribera district, in the heart of Barcelona. Housed in a beautiful Gothic building, this museum has set itself the goal of highlighting a genre of contemporary art that is scarcely represented on the international scene: thecontemporary figurative art.
Indeed, in the city that houses one of the most important collections of Picasso and Miró, and first-rate cultural institutions such as MACBA or CCCB, those who cannot digest abstract art, or simply want to discover another form of evolution of contemporary art, could find what it needs in the MEAM: a direct and understandable art, in complete contrast with the dominant idea that contemporary art must necessarily be experimentation at any cost, at the expense of losing all contact with reality.
The MEAM has its headquarters in Palau Gomis, a neoclassical palace built in 1792, prior to the opening of Carrer Princesa. With the opening of the new road, the building was truncated in half, subsequently undergoing several renovations, including the addition of its entrance portal in a modernist style.
MEAM offers an extensive temporary exhibition program for 2016 and 2021:
- June 2016: presentation of the winning works of the 3rd ModPortrait portrait contest
- September - November 2016: personal exhibition of the Hungarian painter Istvan Sandorfi, one of the most particular exponents of hyperrealism.
- December 2016 - February 2021: exhibition on Aristide Maillol entitled "Maillol and Catalonia". Produced by the Céret museum and the Maillol museum in Paris, with the presentation of 80 works by the French artist, famous for his female sculptures.
- March 2021: Exhibition of the works of sculptors Jassans and Joan Rebull.
Blues and classical music
Every Friday and Saturday, the MEAM presents a rich musical program, with blues or jazz concerts every Friday at 18pm, and classical music every Saturday at the same time. The cost for the Friday ticket is € 00, while for the Saturday concert the cost is € 14. Both tickets in addition to the concert include access to the museum with a guided tour.
How to get to the MEAM
The MEAM is located in Carrer de la Barra del Ferro, at number 5, in the La Ribera district, practically in front of the Picasso Museum. The closest metro stop is Jaume I (yellow line 4). Once you exit the station, take Carrer Princesa, continue for about 200 meters to Carrer Montcada, turn right, and at the first right again: after about twenty meters you will find the entrance to the museum.
By bus you can take line 120, with a stop in Carrer Princesa, or lines 17, 19, 40 and 45 with a stop on Via Laietana, a few meters from the underground station. The museum can be easily reached on foot from the Barri Gòtic: from the Cathedral go towards Via Laietana (the great artery on which the square is open, go down towards the sea and then turn left into Carrer Princesa; the distance to cover is about 500 meters.With the Bus Turístic you can get off at the Pla de Palau red line stop.
The MEAM opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00. The museum is closed every Monday, December 25th and 26th, and January XNUMXst.
Buy tickets on the official website
The entrance ticket to the museum costs € 9, while the reduced one costs € 7 and is applied to students and people over 65. Children under the age of 10 can enter for free. Holders of the Barcelona Card are entitled to a 20% discount.